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SantaThing Donations 2019

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Edited: Nov 19, 2019, 12:18pm

With great pleasure I am kicking off the 2019 SantaThing Donation Thread!
We have some rules this year for the donation thread!
Members will be eligible for SantaThing donations if they meet the following two criteria:

- They must have been a member for at least two months (so, their account must have been created no later than September 18, 2019).
- They must have at least 50 books cataloged in their account.*

*Suggestions! If you are in a rut with this one and unsure how to get your book amount up try this! Add books to your wishlist or books you have read but do not own. As long as the overall count is over 50 then you are good to go!

The former is not easy to get around, but it is fairly easy to add more books to one's account if you're not quite at the 50 book threshold yet. Should someone in this situation request a donation, either Mellymel171328 or katemcangus will contact them directly to encourage them to beef up their catalog first.

Please feel free to ask if you are in need of a donation! If you want to become a secret santa and give an anonymous donation please feel free to message me directly. :)

Important links!
Blog Post:
Talk topic:
Main SantaThing page:
Help page:

Please any questions contact me: I will answer to the best of my ability.

Please send any questions to: for official LibraryThing and SantaThing questions.

Happy SantaThing everyone!

Edited: Dec 2, 2019, 9:16pm

In need of donation:

Received Donation:

xhollishx's 8 year old daughter

Nov 19, 2019, 1:37pm

Hello! I would like to request a donation for Santa thing. Thank you.

Nov 19, 2019, 1:42pm

I look forward to SantaThing and remember it from the beginning. However my life has changed and I can’t afford to be a SecretThing. If someone is willing to adopt me I would be most thankful.

Nov 19, 2019, 1:48pm

>3 DominiqueMarie: >4 pmarshall: have you listed. :)

Nov 19, 2019, 2:12pm

Thank you

Nov 19, 2019, 2:54pm

Note: We'll have a mechanism in place to facilitate this. As the payment method has changed, so we need a new way to donate and use donations.


Nov 19, 2019, 3:05pm

>7 timspalding: I was unaware things had changed. Let me know how to help the donations sign up. :)

Nov 19, 2019, 3:46pm

Would like to request a donation

Nov 19, 2019, 4:01pm

I would like to request a donation

Nov 19, 2019, 4:09pm

Nov 19, 2019, 4:28pm

I would like a donation, please and thank you. :)

Nov 19, 2019, 4:38pm

>12 JacobsBeloved: got you down.

Nov 19, 2019, 4:59pm

SantaThing bring so much joy - I would be very grateful if I could possibly be added to the donation list. Many thanks!

Nov 19, 2019, 5:07pm

I received a donation last year, and would like to return the favour this year. I'll PM you, mellymel171328!

Nov 19, 2019, 5:12pm

>15 Petroglyph: Sounds good. :) I am glad that you are getting to pay it forward this year. :)

Nov 19, 2019, 5:34pm

I would like to request a donation for my 8y.o. son.

Nov 19, 2019, 5:35pm

>17 kkelm22: got you down too

Nov 19, 2019, 5:57pm

I'm in need of a donation please. Thank you.

Nov 19, 2019, 6:00pm

I'm in need of a donation this year. Thank you.

Nov 19, 2019, 6:37pm

>19 InsightsintoBooks: >20 sheryll: Got yall on the list now.

Nov 19, 2019, 7:03pm

Hi there , if it's possible I'd like to ask for a donation for me and my cousin who lives with me. :) thank you

Nov 19, 2019, 7:46pm

I would like to request a donation this year. Hopefully I will be able to return the favor next year! I love SantaThing!

Nov 19, 2019, 10:54pm

I need a donation. This is my favorite time of the year!

Nov 20, 2019, 9:34am

Hello, are organization accounts allowed to receive a donation? I would love help adding to our small library if possible, but we do not have a budget currently.

Nov 20, 2019, 10:20am

>26 shapirolibrary: that would be a question for katemcangus .

Nov 20, 2019, 10:42am

I absolutely love SantaThing! Unfortunately I do not have the funds this year, and I would be forever thankful if I could have a donation this year!
Thank you so much❤️

Nov 20, 2019, 11:20am

I would like to be considered for a donation for me or my 8 year old daughter. I have multiple illnesses and I'm unable to work, so this will be a blessing. I would rather have her placed on the list, before me, because Christmas is really tight this year. Thank you!

Nov 20, 2019, 2:10pm

I would be extremely grateful if someone would adopt this bookdragon😊 I enjoyed participating in Santa Thing last year!

Nov 20, 2019, 10:45pm

I would appreciate being considered for a place on the donation list. This year is very tough financially and books have always been my greatest joy next to my daughter. Thank you donors for your kindness.

Nov 21, 2019, 12:37am

Please consider me for a donation

Nov 21, 2019, 9:22am

I would appreciate being considered for a spot on the donation list. This would be my first time doing Santa Thing. I hope to pay it forward next year!

Nov 21, 2019, 9:45am

I got the list updated. I am still waiting to hear how we are going to do donations this year. :) Sorry for the delay.

Nov 21, 2019, 1:38pm

I'm working on the code. Sorry for the delay.

Edited: Nov 22, 2019, 6:26pm

I'd like to be added to the donation list. I've retired and am now raising my 14 year-old granddaughter so my budget for books has become non-existant.

Not sure if you missed me or if I'm not eligible...

Nov 21, 2019, 2:21pm

Hello, if there are enough spots, I would appreciate a donation. Thank you for the chance to participate in your Christmas events.

Nov 21, 2019, 2:56pm

>35 timspalding: thank you for all you do! I know yall are doing everything you can.

Nov 21, 2019, 6:37pm

I would like to be added to the donation list, for SantaThing. Thank you.

Nov 23, 2019, 5:26am

If possible I'd love to be added to the donation list. I finally had my disability approved after a long fight so my hope is to be able to pay it forward next year once we are caught up on all the bills that have piled up since I had to stop working. 💜 Thanks for doing Santa Thing again! It always makes my Christmas that much more special.

Edited: Nov 23, 2019, 7:30pm

I'd like to be added to the donation list. I've retired and am now raising my 14 year-old granddaughter so my budget for books has become non-existant.

Not sure if you missed me the first time or if I'm not eligible...

Nov 24, 2019, 10:36am

How do we know if we recieved a donation?

Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 12:57pm

Okay, the code is now ready. Apologies for the delay. I'll let mellymel171328 know too.

You can buy a gift code here:

The page looks like this:

When you finish that process, you will be given a gift code. You can then give that to mellymel171328 , or you can give someone the gift directly.

To use a gift code, create a new SantaThing entry. After you fill in the first page, it'll take you to the payment page. There you will find an "I have a gift code" link. Click that and put your gift code there.


1. If you just want to buy a gift for a friend or family member, and you'll be filling everything out, don't use this method. The regular SantaThing Signup has a space to mark that the SantaThing is for someone else.
2. The gift code you use will trump the amount you entered. So if you enter $40 as your price, but your gift code is for $35, you will get $35.

Nov 24, 2019, 1:10pm

I have also posted a few-features thread here

Edited: Nov 24, 2019, 3:01pm

>42 InsightsintoBooks: You will get a message from someone with a code. :)

Nov 24, 2019, 3:02pm

Please if you do pick someone to give a code too then please let me know so I can cross them off the list.

Nov 24, 2019, 3:53pm

I do have donations on the way out. However the Library Thing system thinks I am commenting too fast. I will continue as soon as I can. :)

Nov 25, 2019, 9:55am

>47 mellymel171328:

I'll be working on that. Sorry.

Nov 25, 2019, 10:03am

>48 timspalding: thanks. :) I just messaged Kate about it. I am sorry to bug yall.

Nov 25, 2019, 10:11am

No. We REALLY tightened comment sending for a while there, because of the Russian porn spammers. But I think the risk there has been lessened by the captcha. So it should be okay to loosen it.

Nov 25, 2019, 11:25am

Okay, comments have been fixed and the maximum expanded. See

Nov 25, 2019, 12:00pm

>50 timspalding: I must of missed that! I had no idea that happened.

Nov 25, 2019, 12:32pm

I fixed a bug whereby, if you entered "TBD" as your code, you couldn't edit it later. Now you can.

Nov 25, 2019, 2:16pm

>1 mellymel171328:

I'm going to be inviting Litsy members to donate and to ask for donations, if they need them. Either I'll coordinate or someone from that community will step up.

I propose as the invitation floor:

1. Must be a Litsy member for two months
2. Because not everyone uses the Litsy "library" feature—which is so lame compared to LT!—then "must have at least 8 posts in the last two months."
3. Must be/become a LibraryThing member, so they can ask here.

Let's keep the donations separate for now, so you don't have to deal with it, mellymel171328. LibraryThing/Litsy will chip in two free Litsy-specific donations to start things, and we'll see if they get involved.

Nov 25, 2019, 3:27pm

>54 timspalding: sounds good. Send them on over.

Nov 25, 2019, 4:37pm

Thank you so much for the donation!

Nov 25, 2019, 6:46pm

I would like to donate... now should I pick a smaller amount and donate multiple times or pick a bigger amount and do it all at once?

Edited: Nov 27, 2019, 6:27am

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Nov 27, 2019, 9:14am

More people would get the chance to participate if smaller amounts were done, but ultimately that is up to you ❤️

Edited: Nov 27, 2019, 11:44am

Any donation is welcome. >59 Amnt7314: in the 5 or so years I've ran the donation thread there has never been someone left out.

Nov 27, 2019, 2:29pm

I have given out as many codes as I have. :)

Nov 27, 2019, 4:47pm

That is amazing! I absolutely love this group of people!

Nov 27, 2019, 4:49pm

For my secret Santa; I cannot thank you enough! I will pay it forward next year.
Many thanks, and Happy Holidays!

Nov 27, 2019, 6:42pm

There truly are some incredible people in here! ❤

Nov 28, 2019, 3:45pm

Alas, I have to ask for a donation this year. Still climbing out of the financial hole after a stretch of unemployment! Thankful on this Thanksgiving Day for a good job, good friends, and the goodness of LibraryThing folks!

Nov 28, 2019, 4:05pm

>65 camelama: got you added.

Nov 29, 2019, 9:34am

A donation for me pls?

Nov 29, 2019, 11:23am

>67 Quati: on the list.

Nov 29, 2019, 11:33am

I'd like to participate in SantaThing but am overwhelmed when making recommendations. Choosing books for one person chosen for me would be more fun. But then funding gifts is a problem.

May I be added to the donations list?

Nov 29, 2019, 1:42pm

LibraryThing has increased its donations, which are now up to 12 $35 donations.

Nov 29, 2019, 2:02pm

Nov 29, 2019, 2:02pm

I'm sorry it's a slow morning but I'm very sure I have donations for everyone left. :)

Nov 29, 2019, 5:38pm

>39 HuberK: I am having an issue being able to send you a code since you are a private profile. I contacted >70 timspalding: to send you the code since I am unable too. You are not left out I promise! List is cleared up and I sent the rest of the codes out. :)

Nov 30, 2019, 2:37am

I’d like to ask for a donation, money will be tight coming months now my wife quit her job.

Nov 30, 2019, 4:09am

Another request for a donation, if possible.

Thank you mellymel for all your work and to LT for providing such a fun time with SantaThing.

Nov 30, 2019, 8:38am

>74 JerryMmm: and >75 calm: got yall on the list.

Nov 30, 2019, 11:53pm

Thank you for my donation!

Dec 1, 2019, 2:03pm

I'd be so grateful for a donation if it's not too late or too much trouble

Dec 1, 2019, 2:32pm

>78 vivirielle: I believe I have one sitting to the side that you can have. :)

Dec 1, 2019, 3:47pm

>78 vivirielle: message sent

Dec 1, 2019, 11:07pm

Thank you to whoever donated so I could participate! This means I will have presents for Christmas.

Dec 2, 2019, 12:06pm

I'd be glad to receive a donation.

Dec 2, 2019, 3:01pm

melly, you do such a great thing every year, coordinating this! Thank you to you, and to all the donors who so generously allow everyone who wants to participate.

Dec 2, 2019, 3:18pm

>83 LibraryCin: Its my pleasure:)

Dec 2, 2019, 5:01pm

I would like to request a donation for SantaThing. Thanks.

Dec 2, 2019, 5:13pm

>85 Tuke15: I sent a couple messages but I can't make promises.

Dec 3, 2019, 12:40pm

Thank you to the donor who allowed me to participate! I'll make sure my giftee is happy with this year's SantaThing, too.

Dec 4, 2019, 9:44pm

Thank you to wonderful SantaThing person for my generous and kind donation - I got teary with gratitude after receiving a message from Kate

Dec 4, 2019, 11:53pm


Dec 14, 2019, 7:50pm

Thank you for the donations. I am glad to have been a part of SantaThing this year.